Who Mentored You?
Sheriff Jason Myers
A mentor by definition is teacher or someone who imparts knowledge. A coach is also a teacher, but many of the skills a coach teaches his athletes, also apply to life. I had one of those coaches who took the time to draw life applications out of the athletic fundamentals. He taught me to always seek self-improvement and continue to learn. Set ego aside and openly critique how you handled or did something. Think about what worked well (and what didn’t) and what you can do better next time. I have applied this throughout my life and it helps to push me to learn more and do better with each situation. My coach and mentor taught me not to be afraid of setbacks, but to use them to better myself. Teachable moments make you stronger.
“My dad was a tremendous mentor to me. At a young age he taught me what it meant to be a leader. He taught me to have a strong work ethic, be a responsible person and treat others with respect and dignity. Probably the best way I learned from my dad was by just watching him. He led by example. He spent time with me and was always there to push, support and guide me through my life. I’ve been blessed to have a father who cared about and invested in me. His influence has been instrumental in my life.”
As a youth, there were many people who mentored, encouraged, and inspired me. As I thought about identifying just one mentor, I realized how meaningful a comment or look of encouragement can be. Often it is these small gestures of belief in the human capacity that matter.
Frequently we may not even realize how significant our actions and words can be. Whether your time commitment can be small or intense, the commitment really matters.
To all of the teachers, mentors, and coaches that have helped me when I was a student and now throughout my career, I truly appreciate each and every one.